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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: AMY STAUFFER-MCNUTT
AMISH LEBEN ONLINE NEWSLETTER
Most Amish young people finish their formal education at the eighth grade. They are legally exempted from compulsory schooling beyond that, unlike the general population. Now there is another option for those who would like more. The East Holmes School system in conjunction with Buckeye Joint Vocational School provides a program for those between the ages of 14 to 22 years who wish to add a practical knowledge of business to their repertoire.
Amy Stauffer-McNutt’s enthusiasm is clear to see as she talks about the forty to fifty students she teaches throughout the school year in the detached classrooms beside the Berlin Grade School. She describes her career path as a twisting one that eventually “led me to a job I love!” She feels God brought her to this place doing something for which she has passion, to help young people be ready for their entry into the work force.
Shortly before graduating from Kent State University with a degree in music education, Amy was approached about an opportunity to work with latch-key kids in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Tuscarawas County. Never dreaming her career would lead down this path she started out on what would be an eleven-year stint working with these youth programs. After grant monies ended, and with them her job, Amy moved into a position as case manager for family mentoring in Holmes County. Working as a GED instructor, teaching music at a nearby Christian school, and continuing involvement in Holmes County mentoring programs, she found herself holding down five part-time jobs. Then her daughter was born and it was time to cut back to only her GED classes and related support groups.
Many of you know and have had the pleasure of working with Lynda Paul, our administrative assistant, over the years. She has worked tirelessly to support our teachers in the Career-Technical Teacher Education program here at KSU. Her assistance has been invaluable to all of us in the CTE community in Northeast Ohio. Lynda has decided it's time to move on from our program and devote more time to family and her personal interests and hobbies. As such, she has departed effective July 25 of this year. I know I, and our entire faculty, have enjoyed working with her and she most definitely will be missed. We wish her the very best! She will be available at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contact her.
I am also happy to announce that Shonnie Van Nostran will be taking over Lynda's duties. Shonnie has been working closely with Lynda for the past few months and some of you have had the chance to interact with her already. Welcome Shonnie!
We are confident that Shonnie will continue the same level of support and service we have enjoyed under Lynda's watch. She can be reached at email@example.com or 330-672-0671. Feel free to contact her for assistance.
Patrick O'Connor, Ed D